The phrase 'beautiful orchid' invariably conjures in my mind an image of this particular species.
It's not just the blue-violet perianth or the creamy citrus scent. On top of everything else, it's that lip, thickly carpeted with hairs, that makes Pescatorea lehmannii extraordinary to me. That combination of beauty and quirkiness is irresistible.
So what's up with that lip, anyway? Let's remove the petals and sepals and have a closer look.
We grow Pescatorea lehmannii in a greenhouse with intermediate temperatures, 85% relative humidity and 80 % shade. It does well for us in a mixture of premium sphagnum and coarse shredded tree fern fiber. Since pescatoreas (all Zygopetalinae, actually) hate root disturbance, I prefer to grow them in cedar baskets rather than plastic containers. After about three years, the basket disintegrates and becomes easy to remove with minimal root disturbance.